LA COLLECTIONNEUSE: Shorts by Caro & Jeunet + THE CITY OF LOST CHILDREN

Co-presented by The French Film & TV Office

This elaborately twisted, 20,000 leagues-under-Paris-style macabre fairy tale was the most expensive movie to come out of France in 1995. It’s wondrously seedy set design won Jean Rabasse a César award and nominations abound for the film’s painterly visuals, with lavish costuming by haute designer Jean-Paul Gaultier and mind-boggling CGI animation. The glittery dystopian story unfolds as a Russian strongman and a ten year old thief seek a map to guide them through a watery minefield and into the sea-bound laboratory of a genetically modified madman who’s been kidnapping the city’s children to steal their dreams. They adventure through a carnival city of nightmares, dogged by electric eyed cultist agents and a cohort of amnesiac clones. It’s pure eye candy, with memorable performances by Ron Perlman and a rogue’s gallery of underworld freaks.

Dir. Marc Caro & Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 1995, 35mm, 112 min.